com·​pile | \ kəm-ˈpī(-ə)l How to pronounce compile (audio) \
compiled; compiling

Definition of compile

transitive verb

1 : to compose out of materials from other documents compile a statistical chart
2 : to collect and edit into a volume compile a book of poems
3 : to build up gradually compiled a record of four wins and two losses
4 : to run (something, such as a program) through a compiler

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Examples of compile in a Sentence

He compiled a book of poems. She compiled a list of names. They took the best submissions and compiled them in a single issue of the magazine. We compiled our findings in the report.
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Recent Examples on the Web That goal is nearly three times the country’s current daily testing tally of about 360,000, according to figures compiled by the COVID Tracking Project website. Matthew Perrone, Brian Witte, Gary Robertson, Anchorage Daily News, "Most states still fall short of testing levels recommended for easing lockdowns," 15 May 2020 Late last month, with the number of dead in the United States approaching 75,000, according to figures compiled by The New York Times, projections foresaw another spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths as social-distancing rules relaxed. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Fight Over Virus’s Death Toll Opens Grim New Front in Election Battle," 9 May 2020 The percentages come from dividing state testing figures compiled by the COVID-19 Tracking Project, state population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Afi Scruggs,, "CDC OKs using race as COVID-19 testing criteria and then rescinds it," 7 May 2020 Nationwide figures compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey show that over the past two decades, U.S. water use has fallen dramatically, with total water consumption in 2015 dropping below the amount used in 1970. Ian James, azcentral, "Supercharged by climate change, ‘megadrought’ points to drier future in the West," 6 May 2020 Six out of 10 individuals in the European Union hadn’t worked from their home in 2018, according to figures compiled by the OECD in Paris. Zoe Schneeweiss,, "Europe Isn’t Ready for a Full Work-From-Home Lockdown," 5 May 2020 Nationally, more than 1 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to data compiled by USA TODAY, with 63,000 dead. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'A little bit of science' and 'a little bit of art': Holcomb gives plan to reopen Indiana," 1 May 2020 Germany, a country of 83 million people, has recorded almost 162,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,467 deaths, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University., "UN chief: World should follow South Korea on COVID-19 fight," 30 Apr. 2020 At large banks and lenders, the median amount of lending in forbearance reported after the first quarter stood at 7.5% for auto loans, compared with 3.6% for credit cards, according to figures compiled by Autonomous Research. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Auto Loans Are Running on Fumes," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of compile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compile

Middle English, from Anglo-French compiler, from Latin compilare to plunder

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The first known use of compile was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Compile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of compile

: to create (a CD, book, list, etc.) by gathering things (such as songs or pieces of writing or information)
: to put together (various songs, pieces of writing, facts, etc.) in a publication or collection
computers : to change (computer programming instructions) into a form the computer can understand and use


com·​pile | \ kəm-ˈpīl How to pronounce compile (audio) \
compiled; compiling

Kids Definition of compile

1 : to create by gathering things together She compiled a list of names.
2 : to put things together in a publication or collection

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